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2020 Officers and Directors

WAAC President Pat Naugle
President - Pat Naugle
Watershed - Stevens Run
Pat retired from PECO Energy as the Plant Manager, Conowingo and Muddy Run Hydroelectric Plants.  He was a charter member of the Watershed Alliance of Adams County, and is an Associate Director, Adams County Conservation District. Pat serves on several committees related to water resources including the Potomac Regional Water Resources Committee (State Water Plan/Act 220), and chairs the Gettysburg Municipal Authority Source Water Protection Steering Committee.  Pat has contracted with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission for project review.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania (Active-Retired Status).

WAAC Vice-President Joan Horak
Vice President - Joan Horak
Watershed - Conewago Creek
Joan graduated with a degree in Biology. She participated from 2002 until 2016 in medical research with Tufts University, Auburn University and New York University Medical Center raising sheep for studies and development of gene therapy for Tay-Sachs Disease in children.  She has been active in the Gettysburg community since arriving here in 2013, acting as Volunteer Coordinator for CARES, with the Adams County Housing Authority and Affordable Housing, as a Gleaning Gardener for the SCAAP Gleaning Project and is the Chair for the Environmental Committee of the Gettysburg Garden Club.

WAAC Secretary Mark Berg
Secretary - Mark Berg
Watershed - Middle Creek
Mark D. Berg is a former President of the Watershed Alliance. He organized Keep Adams Green, which led to the Adams County Water and Land Protection Bond Referendum which the voters approved, authorizing the commissioners to spend up to $10 million “…for the purposes of financing land conservation and preservation efforts, including protection of drinking water sources, stream water quality, wildlife habitat, farmland, open space and recreation lands…”

Board member Jim Gockowski examines water samples
Treasurer- Jim Gockowski
Watershed - Plum Run
Jim Gockowski is an agricultural economist with a PhD from the University of Florida and a B.Sc. in Conservation and Resource Management from the University of Maryland. He worked for over 30 years in West and Central Africa on development issues; most recently, on the trade-offs between rural development and environmental services for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Now retired with a residence at Lake Heritage in Gettysburg his current interests lie with environmental education and the promulgation of best management practices at the local level.

Director-  Steve Zimmerman
Watershed - Marsh Creek
Steve is the owner of Zimmerman’s Azalea Gardens and landscape construction company located in Gettysburg. He is also an organizer of the Gettysburg Green Gathering.

Director-  Michelle Kirk
Watershed - Conewago Creek
Michelle was formerly a farmer raising beef cattle with her husband on 145 acres near Biglerville where they instituted many best management practices including streambank fencing and riparian buffers.  Michelle currently works for PA Farm Link assisting farmers with things such as succession planning, beginning farming and linking farmers with available land to farm.  She also serves as a Farm Director on the Board of the Adams County Conservation District.

WAAC Director Cliff Frost
Director-  Cliff Frost
Watershed -  Middle Creek
Cliff is a retired network engineer and telecommunications executive, with a Bachelor’s degree in statistics and a Master’s in Biostatistics from the University of California.  He has been active in conservation efforts his entire life.  His wife’s family have lived on a farm on Middle Creek since the mid-1960s.  Cliff and his wife have been active in local historical and ecological conservation efforts in Adams County since moving here in 2014.  Cliff is particularly interested in assisting efforts to collect and maintain data that can be used to drive fact-based conversations, decisions, and actions.

Director - Deb Wentling
Watershed -Tom’s Creek
Deb is retired from Mount St. Mary’s University where she taught writing and ESL. She grew up hiking and fishing in the mountains of western Maryland. Now her favorite hiking trails are in Strawberry Hill and Michaux State Forest. Her lifelong love of the natural world has shaped her life; environmental concerns have been central. She is an active member of Friends of Tom’s Creek, South Mountain Audubon, and Trout Unlimited. As a member of WAAC, she collects and tests water from local streams. Devoted to preserving the integrity of the natural world, Deb seeks to share the idea that Nature has an inherent value, seeing the non-human world as more than simply a resource.

WAAC Director Deb Barnes
Director - Deb Barnes
Watershed - Marsh Creek
Deb grew up on a guest farm in Vermont where the family grew organic vegetables, beef, pork and milk which were served to the guests. The farm also kept 15-20 horses for trail riding.  Water conservation was a necessity as they operated year-round from a ground spring. This background led to a 50-year career of horse training, several years of ski instruction, and many years of volunteering for environmental work and water testing programs. Currently she is on the Board and several committees at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve as well as the WAAC water testing committee and Board.

WAAC Director John Messeder
Director - John Messeder Jr
Watershed - Willoughby Run
John is a freelance journalist and environmental columnist. He has hunted, hiked and camped in several states and experienced collisions of human needs and water conservation efforts.